Monday, January 07, 2008
January Pay It Forward Book Exchange- 23 books up for grabs!

It's time for another one of my free Pay It Forward book giveaways!

For those who may have missed out, please read about the guidelines right here.

So, I have three books to give away this month.

1) Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.

This book was purchased with a gift certificate given to me by BooMama. Thanks, BooMama!

Review from Publishers Weekly:

See's engrossing novel set in remote 19th-century China details the deeply affecting story of lifelong, intimate friends (laotong, or "old sames") Lily and Snow Flower, their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women and their betrayal by pride and love. While granting immediacy to Lily's voice, See (Flower Net) adroitly transmits historical background in graceful prose. Her in-depth research into women's ceremonies and duties in China's rural interior brings fascinating revelations about arranged marriages, women's inferior status in both their natal and married homes, and the Confucian proverbs and myriad superstitions that informed daily life. Beginning with a detailed and heartbreaking description of Lily and her sisters' foot binding ("Only through pain will you have beauty. Only through suffering will you have peace"), the story widens to a vivid portrait of family and village life. Most impressive is See's incorporation of nu shu, a secret written phonetic code among women—here between Lily and Snow Flower—that dates back 1,000 years in the southwestern Hunan province ("My writing is soaked with the tears of my heart,/ An invisible rebellion that no man can see").

2) Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti.

This book was sent to me by Karen at Mommy of Three. Thanks, Karen!

Here's what the back cover says:

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 (ESV)It all begins in Bacon's Corner, a tiny farming community far from the interstate . . . An attempted murder, a case of mistaken-- or is it covered up?-- identity, and a ruthless lawsuit against a struggling Christian school. Sally Beth Roe, a young loner, a burnout, a kind of " leftover hippie, " finds herself caught in the middle of these bizarre events, fleeing for her life while trying to recall her dark past.Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, Sally Roe's journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, a reflection of our wanderings, and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the Cross.

3) Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts.

This book was a purchase I made some time ago.

Here's what the back cover says:

In 1972, in DeClare, Oklahoma, 10-month-old Nicky Jack Harjo disappears when his single mother is murdered. Thirty years later Mark Albright, Californian veterinarian to the stars, having just learned he was adopted, arrives in DeClare, looking for an explanation from the mother who gave him away. His search for answers to the past turns into a mission of justice for his murdered mother and an explanation of his own mysterious adoption in California.

So there you have it, details on the three books that I'm giving away this month. If you'd like to win any of these books, here is what you must do:

1. On your blog, write a post about this giveaway, using my "Pay It Forward" button, and then link back to my post. I am sure your readers would appreciate learning about the chance to win a book. You must complete this step to be put in the drawing, unless of course you don't have a blog!

2. Sign the Mr. Linky (the Mr. Linky is that list of names at the end of this post - just type your name in the box) with your name and the specific URL of your PIF post. Note: If you are not a blogger, you may still enter to win. Just sign your name on the Mr. Linky without a URL and then email me your contact information. Please note on your email that it is for the PIF book giveaway.

I'll announce the winners on Saturday morning, 19 January, so be sure to check back.

Best of luck!

Additional Pay It Forward Giveaways:

Jill at The Diaper Diariesgave away the book Dangerous Admissions by Jane O'Connor on 12 January. Thanks, Jill!

Paige at Superpaige's Pad gave away the book Dangerous Admissions by Jane O'Conner on 14 January. Thanks, Paige!

Elrena Evans gave away the book The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan on 15 January. Thanks, Elrena!

Jenn at And then there were four gave away the book Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver on 15 January. Thanks, Jenn!

Forgetfulone gave away two books, Cutting Edge: Tom Clancy's #1 Power Plays by Jerome Preisler and 5th Horseman by Gloria James Patterson on 15 January. Thanks, Forgetfulone!

Michelle at Big Blueberry Eyes gave away three books, The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, Dream Language by James W. and Michal Ann Goll, and Summer Sisters by Judy Blume on 16 January. Thanks, Michelle!

Kathleen Marie at The Open Window gave away two books, The Makers Diet by Jordan S. Rubin and So Far Back by Pam Durban on 19 January. Thanks, Kathleen Marie!

Cynthia at Springmont Cottage gave away the book The Rocky Road to Romance by Janet Evanovich on 21 January. Thanks, Cynthia!

Christi at Blah Blah Blog gave away the book After Long Silence: A Memior by Helen Freemont on 26 January. Thanks, Christi!

Nikki at Angels of Heart gave away two books, Fair Game by Carol Cox and The Veil of Fire by Marlo Schalesky on 30 January. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Nikki!

Briggie at There is Power in Prayer gave away two books, Bless This House by Gloria Gaither and Bless This Marriage by Gloria Gaither on 31 January. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Briggie!

Home and Hearth gave away a book on 31 January. The chosen winner gets to choose between The Big Four by Agatha Christie, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, or Chin Deep in Bubbles by Melissa Placzek. Thanks, Home and Hearth!

Karen at Mommy of Three gave away the book The Ultimate Tea Diet by Mark Ukra on 31 January. Thanks, Karen!

Tamy at 3 Sides of Crazy gave away the book A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks on 31 January. Thanks, Tamy!

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At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I'd like to join the book exchange this time around . The link I provided to enter you contest is also the link to my book exchange.

This is my website

Its called Angels of Heart


At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog, but I'd love to be entered to win in your Pay It Forward giveaway, especially Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I just read Peony in Love and really want to read SF now!! I'll e-mail you with my contact details.
skrishna1183 [at]

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

I would love to win any one of the books you are giving away. They all sound great.
I have my giveaway posted as well.

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just bought the Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for my daughter as a birthday present so i'm happy to see it's a good read and i love Frank Peretti - this book was really really good so I won't ask to win either of these, but i'd like to be entered for a chance at Shoot the Moon - it looks really interesting.
thanks for putting my PIF up for me - you're the best!
Briggie ^i^

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Cynthia said...

Please enter me for your giveaway. Thanks!

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

I have my two books posted. And please enter me in your exchange. You have some great books there is looks like! Hugs!

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

I forgot to mention. I already own the Peretti book but would love to win one of the other two! Hugs!

At 6:24 PM, Blogger abebech said...

OW, this is OT, but I was wondering if you ever named your business and I missed it.

At 7:20 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Please count me in for #1 and #3 since I already had #2, LOL:) I have my giveaway posted as well;)

At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read the first 2. Excellent!!! Count me in for #3. Also please link up to my giveaway. Thanks!

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Forgetfulone said...

I would love to win any of your books. Thanks for putting my link up for my book exchange!

At 8:23 AM, Blogger threesidesofcrazy said...

All of these books sound so great. I just love to read and would love to read any one of them. You've inspired me to clean out my bookcase and pass on the great books.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'm finally participating! I've got 3 books up for exchange!

At 3:14 PM, Blogger threesidesofcrazy said...

I'd like to join in the fun this month for the Pay It Forward giveaway. A Bend in The Road by Nicholas Sparks is my giveaway. Thanks.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger ames said...

I added my link onto the list since I'm giving away the book I won in another PIF, it was great!

Awesome idea, btw.

At 12:05 PM, Blogger windycindy said...

Hello, Please enter me in your Pay It Forward Book Exchange. I love it! Thanks very much, Cindi

At 12:52 PM, Blogger jubilee said...

please enter me in your giveaway, thanks!

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your PIF Book Giveaway! Thanks! I didn't know where to find your e-mail address so I hope this is O.K. to enter this way. Love the pictures of Ireland! Karin A. -- skyecameron56683 (at) yahoo (dot) com

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

Paige at Yes I would really like to be thin,
was the winner of my book giveaway yesterday.

Congrats to your winners! I was the winner of Diaper Diaries book ☺

You have a great day!

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Angi said...

I would like to win all except Snow Flower (already read). Thanks!


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